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African American folklore was Zora Neale Hurston’s first love. Collected in the late 1920s Every Tongue Got to Confess, from the celebrated author of Their Eyes Were Watching God, is published here for the first time, beautifully performed by Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis.

Hilarious, bittersweet, and often saucy, these folk-tales provide a verdant slice of African American life in the rural South at the turn of the twentieth century. They capture the heart and soul of the vital, independent, and creative community that so inspired Zora Neale Hurston.

In Every Tongue Got to Confess, Hurston records, with uncanny precision, the voices of ordinary people—and no two actors better capture this world than Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis. They pay tribute to the richness of Black vernacular—its crisp self-awareness, singular wit, and improvisational wordplay. These folk-tales reflect the joys and sorrows of the African American experience, celebrate the redemptive power of storytelling, and showcase the continuous presence in America of an Afticanized language that flourishes to this day.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Splendidly vivid and true.”

    New York Times

  • “An extraordinary treasure.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Quite funny, and profoundly emblematic.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “In Every Tongue Got to Confess, the book’s great value for us today is in the way it returns us to Hurston’s literary and academic roots as a folklorist and anthropologist and to the people and material which inspired and enriched her fiction.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A real song of the South.”

    Elle

  • “Entertaining and thought provoking.”

    Vibe

  • An Audie Award Finalist for Multi-Voiced Performance
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